The key fob stopped opening the doors and alarm, the alarm cannot be
turned off with the key in the door either, and the engine will NOT
start. This problem in now happening almost every time I try to enter
or start the car.
Yesterday, when I got stuck, I pressed a button under the dash that
let me start the car with the key. I remembers a parking lot security
guard did that last week to get me started.
I changed the battery in the fobs and reprogrammed the alarm to
recognize my fobs. Still no good. I also removed the coded key from
the key chain and still no good.
I followed the owner's manual to the letter and still got the same
I called Ford's customer service line and wasted about 15 minutes.
The local Ford dealer fobs me off (no pun intended) and told me it was
the "valet" feature, or I was in a bad area, or all the alarms in town
do that, as excuses.
They wound up doing nothing to fix the car's alarm. This is an in
warranty repair and I guess that they will not be getting paid as much
as an normal repair and would rather not do the work.
The fobs are now 100% dead, but the car starts. I cannot arm the alarm
at all now.
Any service advisories out there? Or first hand information would be
My problem gives new meaning to: Found On Road Disabled (FORD)!